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NEW VERSION 2.77a / 2.78 RC2

Blender, the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback.

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Version:2.77a / 2.78 RC2
File size:64.6MB
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2.77a / 2.78 RC2 (September 19, 2016)

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Blender 2.78 Release Notes

The Blender Foundation and online developer community are proud to present Blender 2.78!

Release notes are still in progress. Please help testing this RC and make it a stable 2.78 we can enjoy for a long time (so work on Blender 2.8 can move on)

Download the 2nd 2.78 Release Candidate
In this release:

Cycles: Cycles now supports rendering spherical stereo images for VR.
Grease Pencil: Reworked to be similar to other 2D drawing softwares.
Alembic: Initial basic support in Blender.
Improvements to Bendy Bones for Easier and Simpler Rigging.
Eleven new add-ons.
And: 100s of bug fixes and other improvements!

Grease Pencil
New design and complete overhaul, including:
Easy layer management.
Ability to have multiple colors and thickness values per layer.
Stroke quality improvements.
Different color saturation in the same stroke.
Improved Fills - Support for Concave Shapes.
Parenting a layer to any object, armature or bone.
And more!

Initial implementation in Blender.
Basic Alembic support through import and export operators.
Data streaming through cache constraints and modifiers.

Cycles Renderer
Cycles 2.78 spherical stereo.jpg
Rendering spherical stereo images for VR is now supported.
Multiscatter GGX mode for the glossy and glass BSDF nodes.
Experimental feature: Improved Subdivision and Displacement system.
Vertex color, weight and normal support for point density textures.
Hair rendering speed up / memory use improvements.
OpenCL devices now support float4 textures (e.g. HDR textures).
Added support for NVidia GTX 1060, 1070, 1080 GPUs.

User Interface
Ui operator search categories.png
Improvements to the Eyedropper and Operator Search.
Additional drawing mode for the Waveform Scope in the Image Editor.
Defining ranges and individual render frames in the Command Line.

Fill Region Selection
New Freehand Curve drawing tool.
New Dissolve tool.
New Fill Region tool for Selection.
Improvements to Decimation, Bevel.
Edit-mode undo memory usage has been optimized.

Viewport & Render
2 78 env lighting.png
More supported shading nodes and options for the Cycles viewport render.
Additional shading features for the Blender GLSL viewport.
Blender Render shading can now also be computed in world space.

278-bbone settings demo.png
Improvements to Bendy Bones for Easier and Simpler Rigging.
Numerous changes to streamline the process of setting up and editing drivers.
The type of keyframe can be chosen on insertion.
Support non-uniform scaled bones failing with IK solver.
And more!

Datablocks & Libraries Management
A new core low-level feature for datablocks management, called 'ID remapping'.
Currently it allows from the Outliner:
In the Blender File view to Reload and Relocate libraries.
In All Scenes, Current Scene and similar views to Fully Delete or Remap a datablock.

The rest shape of cloth can now be animated.
Cloth Simulation Speed is now adjustable.
Collision Groups for Particles and Soft Body.

11 new add-ons are included in this release.
Numerous improvements and fixes to existing add-ons.
Removed Import: MakeHuman (.mhx) (format not supported anymore in MakeHuman).
New Preferences Individual Activation.
Changes to the Python API functions.
And more!

More Features

Bug Fixes
As for every Blender release, hundreds of bugs were fixed, thanks to the hardworking Blender developers.
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This is an exciting time, with the new-vamped Blender 2.5 currently under strong development. The alpha version is already very solid (try the latest build from - the "official" 2.5 alpha 2 on the Blender site, hmm, maybe not so stable). It's the perfect opportunity to get your feet wet with this marvellous and fun app, in readiness for the looming production-ready version 2.6. Start with basic 3D modeling, then to animating those models, then you can learn the video sequence editor (built-in NLE!) and even the built-in game engine! It's a powerful and actively-developed work of software art, I can only urge you to jump onboard and bring your dreams alive! I gave it a 10 for ease of use, not because it's easy (there is a considerable learning curve), but because once you've got your foot in the door, you begin to realise just how brilliantly-designed and fun this thing is! Congrats to the Blender Foundation (send 'em donations!). I've linked some guides (applicable to 2.5) that I can recommend for noobs to ease them gently into Blender. Happy blending!

Posted June 11, 2010 by chowmein. Tool version 2.52.5 r29387 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10
Guides: Getting Started With Blender 2.5 - Blender 2.5 Guide - Super3boy's video tutorials - Part 1 (Basics) - Part 2 (Objects) - Part 3 (Subsurf) - Part 4 (Editing) - Blender 3D Design Course - BlenderCookie's Getting Started With Blender -

I have tried all of the various "Personal Learning" versions of the major 3D packages, and I have to say that Blender can stand up to all of them any day. And it does it without being hobbled by resolution limitations or watermarks on your images.

The only thing that I don't like about it is that it does not seem to have a readily-apparent way to get the conventional 4-view setup that other packages have. Other than that, I really have no complaints. I use it primarily in Linux, and it's very fast. I can run it with ease, while Houdini Apprentice crashes my Linux system and wheezes hard in Vista.

I'll keep using Blender there until Lightwave shows up in Linux, and probably even beyond that. Even if they charged $100 for it, it's still a bargain. Fortunately, they don't.

Posted October 23, 2008 by cubdukat. Tool version 2.48 using OS Vista
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

Just started using this wonderful software. Looks very promising. Open source just doesnt get better than this.. !!!

Posted September 25, 2007 by jaseerabubakar. Tool version 2.45 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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